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About the Author

Edward Ryder was born in New York City. After attending local schools, he enrolled at Cornell University, where he received a B.S. degree in botanical sciences. He was accepted in the graduate program at the University of California, Davis and earned a Ph.D. in genetics and plant breeding.

After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he began a long career as a plant breeder with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Salinas, CA. During that period he produced over 100 publications related to his work, including two books, numerous book chapters, review articles, and research papers. He retired in 2003, and now enjoys reading and gardening as well as writing.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Two Harbors Press (May 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935097415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935097419
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,253,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Science is in the business of asking why, and sometimes science itself is asked why. "The Departments" is a story of a university faced with this question of why their work is important and why they do what they do. A small town is held up by its university, but the university's purpose is brought into question, and its researchers and scientists are faced with this question. Philosophical, educational, and riveting, "The Departments" is a choice and very highly recommended pick.
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It is a niche novel, of more interest to scientists and/or plant breeders than to the general public. I did learn some things and was interested in the politics at a university.
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Provides a good understanding of polemics regarding plant breeding, academics, molecular biology for the layman. Prose is engaging and a good book to read in a vacation or trasatlantic flight
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